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Buhari signs African free trade area agreement

Nigeria has signed an agreement which aims to increase trade between African countries. This leaves Eritrea as the only African country not to be part of the trading bloc. President Muhammadu Buhari signed the landmark agreement at the African Union (AU) summit in Niger. The first step is to cut tariffs for goods from countries within the bloc but the time frame to do this is yet to be announced.

Oyo governor restates plan to fulfill campaign promises

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has reassured the people that he will not renege on his campaign promises, adding that he will govern the state with the fear of God. He called on the people to be peaceful and embrace peace, saying development can only thrive in the atmosphere of peace.

Makinde spoke on Sunday through his deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, at First Baptist Church, Anko, Eruwa, during the thanksgiving service held in honour of the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr. Debo Ogundoyin.

Defend your ancestral lands – Soyinka, Ooni tells Nigerians

Nigeria cannot survive another civil war, Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka and frontline monarch Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, have warned. They called on the authorities to arrest what they see as the prevailing drift into “a dysfunctional state on multiple levels of citizenship, community belonging, security and productive opportunities”. The revealed this in a communiqué they issued at the end of a meeting at the weekend,

Yoruba won’t forgive governors who adopt Ruga – Gani Adams

Gani Adams, Aare ona kakanfo of Yorubaland, has said that the Yoruba tribe will not forgive governors that adopt Ruga settlement, a scheme initially proposed by the federal government to tackle crisis between farmers and herdsmen.

According to Nigerian Tribune, he likened the federal government’s plan for Ruga settlement to an “afonja scenario,” saying the scheme will only contribute to more damage to the country.

HEDA asks FG to prosecute Goje or face court action

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre has given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum to prosecute Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe state, for alleged money laundering. The centre asked the federal government to prosecute the current senator whose case has just been withdrawn from the court, or face court action.


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